Fifteen-year-old Julianna Brown of Somersworth envisions having shelf space at a local store for the handmade makeup bags she creates. Seventeen-year-old Austin Dow likes the feeling of bass music and wants to work in car audio someday.
Brown and Dow are getting high school credit while pursuing their dreams at the Strafford Learning Center. The center serves Somersworth, Dover, Portsmouth, Durham, Madbury, Lee and Milton and caters to students who don't want to be in a typical public school setting all day. Brown sews at the center in the morning, and then returns to Somersworth High School by bus at 11:15 a.m. Dow, who is from Milton Mills, is at the center all day, and has general education studies in the afternoon.
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